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danybittel · 2021-03-18 · Original thread
I've been designing a complex desktop application.. there's not that much info out there. I found these helpful:

Designing the Win95: https://socket3.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/designing-windows-9...

Also the final design guides: https://www.ics.uci.edu/~kobsa/courses/ICS104/course-notes/M...

A (really old) book: https://www.amazon.com/About-Face-Essentials-Interaction-Des...

Another book: https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Interfaces-Patterns-Effecti...

Oddly enough these are all ancient. There hasn't been much innovation in that space though. (apart from High Dpi and Dark Mode)

Blender recently did a redesign of their UI, they have lot's of discussions about their rationale.

jakub_g · 2016-10-14 · Original thread
I have yet to read it, but I've seen good opinions on 'About face' in some threads on the topic

https://www.amazon.com/About-Face-Essentials-Interaction-Des...

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